Maybe you’ve been thinking about turning your abode into a “smart” home and using the Wink system as your preferred platform. Or, maybe you’ve already welcomed Wink into your residence and love using it to control things from afar just by touching a button on your smartphone screen.
Wink recently announced compatibility with August Smart Locks. The August brand joins a list of numerous other brands that work with Wink, like Philips and Nest.
What Does the Integration Mean for Consumers?
Once August Smart Locks are set up to work with Wink, people can unlock and lock their doors through a corresponding app. It’s also possible to get alerts about access in the home, which may give residents insight about unauthorized access.
The new compatibility between Wink and August Smart Locks also works with a Shortcut feature that allows you to simultaneously do several things in your home. For example, you might lock your doors, turn off the lights and set the heater at a lower temperature before going to bed.
Once you’ve installed at least one August, Smart Lock, linking it to Wink is a breeze. Using the Wink app, simply go to the “Add Product” option to find the August Smart Lock.
Smart Locks Are an Enticing Option
Based on what you’ve read so far about what August Smart Locks can do, you might feel ready to install them in your home as soon as possible. Due to their automated abilities, smart locks have become popular with people craving convenience.
Although many people think these locks are the way of the future, there are some potential downsides. Let’s look at some of the perks and pitfalls of smart lock technology.
Pros and Cons of Using Smart Locks
Smart locks allow you to permit numerous people to enter your home without keys. That means if you’ve hired a pet sitter to come into your home while you’re on vacation, but also recruited someone else to water your plants, there’s no need to get physical keys for them.
However, unlike with a regular lock, smart locks don’t give you the relatively easy option of rekeying your locks if security concerns arise. There have also been identified vulnerabilities associated with the August Smart Lock, although the company has since patched those problems.
During a presentation at a conference, a well-intentioned hacker who works to improve existing technology admitted he was able to manipulate an August Smart Lock so it enabled a guest user to continue accessing a property even after an administrator had removed that privilege.
For perspective, keep in mind home break-ins that occur after someone compromised a smart home system are so rare, the FBI doesn’t offer statistics on them. Even so, if smart home systems become more common, burglars might change their methods once they feel confident smart homes aren’t as well secured as they seem. It may also be worth noting that systems like August only control a door’s deadbolt, but will not affect any other lock on the door.
As mentioned earlier, some systems let you know precisely when people are attempting to access your home. That functionality could give you welcome peace of mind if you’re away from home and want to prevent a catastrophe.
If you’re sunbathing on a beach and receive a notification someone’s trying to get into your home via the front door, you could ask a neighbor to ensure it’s not a false alarm. Once that person verifies something’s wrong, you could call the police from your destination and potentially prevent a major robbery.
There have also been instances of smart locks failing to work as they should, especially during Wi-Fi malfunctions or power failures. Smart lock manufacturers are thinking ahead about how to minimize the likelihood of such problems, but some people may still prefer the old-fashioned reliability a physical key can provide.
Making Informed Decisions
Now that we’ve looked at how Wink works with August Smart Locks, plus various good and bad things about the associated technologies, you should feel well-equipped to make informed decisions about how to secure your home. Your ultimate decision could bring perpetual peace of mind.
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